Couple of Guys


A newly divorced attorney comes out and is ready to live it up with a flirtatious rocker who is ready to settle down, and together, they try for a second chance at love. In this later-in-life romantic story, a quiet workaholic, attorney Richard Durant (Sal Rendino) comes out in his fifties and falls in love with heartthrob and former rocker, Jon Graham (Lukas Hassel). They navigate the reality that Richard is ready to start living fully after having raised his children, and Jon is finally ready to settle down and have a family. The story revolves around each man as he steps outside of his comfort zone and interconnects with Richard’s ex-wife, his children, Jon’s groupies and situations that swell within each of their respective professions. Couple of Guys is a half-hour comedy/drama about living authentically, second chances, and falling in love.

We have the first two episodes of Couple of Guys completed, and the third one filmed and in editing.  We could use your help to film more episodes. We’d love to do this with you! Be responsible for the content you get to see! 

***Here we are folks.  With Episodes 1 – 3 pretty much completed, we start anew on episode Number 4. This means new locations, new characters, new producers (depending on participation level) and new perks!! As we search for grants and producers, please help us continue filming, because we ARE going to do this!! Motivated by the response we got at our World Premiere at the Queens World Film Festival, we know this is a story that people will love. Hope aboard, we’d love to have you. Please check out the perks below.  Thank you. We love you <3

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Meet the Team

Debra Markowitz

Our Producer

As the Nassau County Film Commissioner through four administrations, Debra also was a founder and programmer for LIIFE, the Long Island International Film Expo, for the past 24 years. She is an award-winning writer and director and producer.

John Marean

John, co-manager of Intention Films and Media, graduated with his MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama. He retired as the Technical Director at the LaGuardia High School (The “Fame” school) of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC but remains an adjunct professor at City Technical College and a Resident Artist at the LIHSA. He is also a DP, AC, Grip, Gaffer, Sound recordist, AD and Covid Compliance Officer.

Lukas Hassel

Born and raised in Denmark, Lukas is an accomplished actor and writer, having studied at The Samuel Beckett Theatre School, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Lukas can be seen in ​Law and Order: CSIBlue Bloods, the Sundance award winning short Man About Town and the multi-award winning short Into the Dark. ​He lives with his awesome husband in Chelsea, Manhattan.

Trish Apello


Trish Appello, a Long Island actress and cofounder of Arden & Co. Productions with her husband, Pete, are happy to be on board team Couple of Guys. Trish first heard about Couple of Guys while volunteering at the Nassau County Film Office. She knew it was a story they would want to be involved with as supporting the LGBTQIA community is extremely important to both she and Pete.

Diane Yatauro


Diane is a former Nassau County Legislator, co-owner of CASS Business Telephones, and manages the career of actress/musician Noelle Diane. Diane has been involved with Intention Films and Media since the very first movie.

Marc Riou


Marc, a partner in The Majors Productions is a multi-talented cinematographer who has shot many of the films in the Intention Films and Media catalog. Marc is also the Director of Photography and Editor on this project. View Marc’s Reel here.

Mara Bush


Mara is a Brooklyn based filmmaker working in roles such as producer, director, and assistant director. She is also the founder of BeeReel Pictures.